- To challenge and inspire young leaders to think proactively about leadership.
To encourage aspiring leaders to examine the faith and values that inform their approach to leadership.
To invest in young leaders by offering them life-changing experiences and mentoring.
To help establish relationships between New Zealand’s current and future leaders.
To provide opportunities for meaningful cross-cultural interaction.
To see an increase in active community service across Aotearoa New Zealand.
We have the opportunity to send young American leader to learn from and with young New Zealanders.
ABOUT THE FORUM
The Aspiring Leaders’ Forum on faith and values is an annual event that brings together a diverse group of committed and courageous young leaders from across Aotearoa New Zealand. This year will be the fifteenth Forum held in Wellington. Guided by facilitators and esteemed national leaders, selected young people
will discuss leadership from a narrative point of view, throughout a carefully articulated and varied four-day programme.
The philosophy of the Forum is that serving others is the best foundation for meaningful lives, healthy communities and leadership. The Forum aims to
explore the personal character foundations of integrity, humility, commitment, courage and aroha - all of which enable us to live for something greater than self- interest.
While Members of Parliament host aspects of the Forum, the focus is not political. Instead it is about encouraging young people to become better leaders in their sphere of influence - be it community, arts, business, politics or sport.
“This experience has made me visibly more motivated to make unique contributions to the world, directed by the core values I unearthed in this process.” HANNAH FINNIGAN [Delegate]
FORUM PROGRAMME: 18–21 JUNE 2020
Highlights include: a day spent in Parliament House, keynote addresses from senior politicians; keynote addresses from inspiring leaders of varying societal spheres; small group discussions; a community service project, a sports afternoon and an epic barn dance.
Small group time is a significant dimension of the Forum programme, providing delegates with an opportunity to make close friendships. These friendships often become peer support-networks, helping to reinforce the things learned at Forum.
Accommodation is situated at the Intercontinental Wellington, one of Wellington’s premier hotels.
Past Speakers have included Dame Jenny Shipley, Mike King, Andrew Judd, Hon Bill English, Mark Powell, Sir Ralph Norris, Annah Stretton, Trina Tamati, Sir Ray Avery, Tommy Kapai Wilson, Paul Blackwell and many others.
The Forum was birthed fifteen years ago from a desire by political, business and community leaders to take a proactive approach in developing the next generation of leaders. A large community of volunteers across Aotearoa New Zealand is involved in serving Aspiring Leaders’ Forum year to year. These volunteers work alongside the part-time office staff. The Board of The New Zealand Leaders’ Trust governs the Forum.
OUR HOPE IS THAT THE FORUM WILL BUILD A BRIDGE FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT, INSPIRING AND ELEVATING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE’S EXPECTATIONS OF LEADERSHIP.
Aspiring Leaders’ Forum is supported by the following Members of the New Zealand Parliament:
Hon. Amy Adams
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
Hon. David Bennett
Hon. Gerry Brownlee
Rt. Hon. David Carter
Hon. David Clark
Hon. Ruth Dyson
Hon. Paul Goldsmith
Hon. Peeni Henare
Hon. Willie Jackson
Hon. Nikki Kaye
Hon. Iain Lees-Galloway
Hon. Tim Macindoe
Hon. Nanaia Mahuta
Hon. Todd McClay
Hon. Alfred Ngaro
Rt. Hon. Winston Peters
Hon. Scott Simpson
Hon. Michael Woodhouse